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    We desperately need teachers!!!
    tony


    In these difficult financial times, the solution towards
    finding jobs may not be within the states. From March
    until August, I spent most of my financial resources
    driving around the United States in search for a teaching
    job. Unfortunately, most school districts were laying
    workers off. To make matters worse, if they had any
    openings, they were going to give the jobs to the teachers
    who were recently fired. The only jobs that were available
    to me were as a teacher assistant or a substitute teacher.
    That is all fine and dandy. However, unless I wanted to
    spend a few years living with my parents, I could not
    financially afford this.

    If you are in the same boat, the solution to the problems
    is teaching abroad. However, what I found was that most
    teaching jobs overseas are paying teachers far less than
    they did a few years ago. Initially, I looked into South
    Korea because they paid me 30,000 USD a few years ago. Now,
    the average is around 20,000 USD. China paid around the
    same amount of money. However, they paid more in Hong Kong.
    Taiwan was trying to attract teachers with a teaching
    degree, but I could not get them to agree to anything over
    25,000 for the year. Japan was willing to pay me 25,000
    USD. However, with the high cost of living, 25,000 USD
    means you will not be able to save any money in Japan. When
    I was living in Japan, if I did not go out for the month, I
    could possibly save around 500 USD. I was also looking to
    teach in Europe. However, it is difficult to find a way in
    unless you belong to one of the EU countries. The salaries
    in relation to the high cost of living were also low.

    I have discovered that the solution is in the Middle East.
    There are three countries that continue to pay a high
    salary are as follows: Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. If
    you have a TESOL degree, many years of teaching experience,
    and are an English major, Kuwait and the UAE would be your
    best choice. However, if you lack those credentials, it is
    difficult to find your way in. Saudi Arabia is currently
    becoming the hot spot for native English speakers.
    For example, my company over here pays over $25,000 in
    benefits including the following:

    • Base monthly salary, tax-free; paid vacation and
    holidays
    • Discretionary bonus based on fulfillment of the
    full term of the contract and performance
    • Quality and secure shared housing, with amenities
    including utilities.

    • Fully paid medical benefits, including dental and
    optical coverage, in accordance with the plan
    • Transportation to and from home and work locations
    • Round trip transportation to and from Saudi
    Arabia from your home country

    The greatest thing about the salary is that it is around
    what the average teacher is making in the United States.
    However, the teacher’s only cost is food. In addition, not
    only are your benefits not taxed, but your salary is not
    taxed either. If a teacher is not saving 80% of their
    paycheck, they are doing something wrong. The food over in
    Riyadh is significantly lower than the costs in the United
    States.
    The greatest problem most teachers are afraid about when
    traveling overseas are the cultural differences. There may
    be differences. Although, when you live in the compound,
    the culture is similar to the culture in your native
    country. Saudi Arabia is filled with many different types
    of foreigners. Every compound is like visiting another
    country. There is a Latin compound where you can learn how
    to salsa dance. There is an American compound where you can
    drink homemade beer. The culture outside of the compound is
    definitely Saudi. However, the compounds are a home away
    from home.
    I have multiple reasons for writing this letter. First of
    all, I know the great pressure in trying to find a job in
    the United States. Second, I am trying to recruit for my
    college called CTI. We desperately need at least 20 new
    teachers who can come into this program. My college had to
    turn away 4,500 Saudi students because we lacked available
    teachers.
    If you are friendly, have any BS degree, are a native
    English speaker, and have a passion for teaching, please
    send me your resume and I will forward it to our HR person
    at the college. Hopefully we can work together and ride out
    the financially difficult times in Saudi Arabia. Good luck
    in your search and I hope that your job search was not as
    difficult as mine was.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an
    email.
    positionsforteachers@yahoo.com
    Sincerely,
    Anthony Sisti